Jill Seale

E3: Awesomenauts Combines Metal Slug and DOTA; Coming to XBLA and PSN

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Ronimo Games, the developers of the multi-platform Swords and Soldiers, are back with a smangin’ combination that rustles my jibblies. The details are scant, but according to Ronimo, “Awesomenauts is an awesome mix between classic side-scrolling shooters like Metal Slug and Turrican as well as MOBAs like Defense of the Ancients and League of Legends.” Just name-dropping League makes me want to squee like a fangirl, but I’m also a huge fan of 2D sidescrolling shooters, especially Metal Slug and, judging from the trailer above, it looks like they’re a match made in heaven.

As if that premise wasn’t enough to make your mouth water, they’ve also said of their art direction that has been “very heavily inspired by classic cartoon series like Galaxy Rangers, Thundercats, MASK, TMNT, Starcom, etc.” and it shows from the character design to the ultra-catchy theme song in the trailer. If Awesomenauts comes correct with enough content to keep it fresh for a good long time, we could have a real hit on our hands. Even if not, I’m sure this game will eat up a good amount of my life when it comes out, and I can’t wait. Check out some screenshots and character designs below.

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